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Children's museum sues over construction and design defects

Florida has a wealth of museums, from Sarasota’s State Art Museum to Orlando’s Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, and of course, the famous Dali Museum in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area, among others.

It is not difficult to imagine how construction and design defects could hamper a museum-goer’s appreciation of the exhibits and both the public’s safety at risk as well. Both concerns are part of a recently filed construction defects lawsuit involving a museum far from us.

The San Antonio DoSeum is a $46 million children’s museum that opened in the Texas city back in 2015. The organization has filed a lawsuit against the construction company and engineering firm it blames for what it says is a defective design and construction work that plague the museum.

They cite major problems with the structure’s roof, as well as problems with its heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

The DoSeum’s construction defects attorney said the effort is to remedy the problems, of which he said the HVAC’s system’s inability “to meet the demands of the 65,000-square-foot space” is the “primary impetus.”

He said the museum filed the lawsuit to protect donor investments, secure the building’s longevity and ward off any safety problems for the public or staff.

A spokesperson for the architectural firm named in the suit said a custom-designed building such as the DoSeum requires “bringing new systems and new materials to sites,” adding that “it’s impossible for everything to go perfectly.”

He said his firm is trying to resolve the building issues he described as minor.

Those facing construction or design defects often find the problems dismissed as minor until the issues are addressed by attorneys experienced in construction litigation.


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